Mummy and Daddy,
This week was jam packed with all sorts of interesting tid-bits. Not only have Sister DeLucchi and I made some silly memories (ranging from composing songs and asking people what their favorite kitchen utensil is, to riding about in fire trucks) we've met some really neat people and felt Heavenly Father's help this week.
Last P-Day we went to Wakefield Cathedral. Not only could you mark off "Weekly Worship" and "Confess Sins" off your to-do list, but you could quench your java craving in their adjoining cafe, AND pick up a commemorative tea cozy in their gift shop. Now that's what I call "handy."
Interesting tidbit: We were in the shop, buying pizookie supplies (Cookie mix and toffee ice cream). A man zeroed in on our badges saying, "You're a long way from home....*flashing the peace sign and walking backwards out the store* Always respect a Mormon.....I'm a Salvationist....BUT........ Always respect a Mormon." uhh........thank you? We made our way to the bus stop and we hear, "HEY! HEY!" oh....no....that's for us. We turn around and lo and behold there is our friend the Salvationist....and what does he have...a bouquet of flowers!!!! He crunches them into my hands and says, "I don't always do this....*flash the peace sign* BUT.....always respect a Mormon." hahahahaha
In the realm of miracles, we met loads of amazing people this week and had powerful lessons with them. One of which was Joanna. Let me tell you about Joanna. We met her on the street, gave her the Plan of Salvation Leaflet and challenged her to read and pray about it. The next day we were out street contacting and felt like we needed to pop by and see how she was. When she saw us, her eyes lit up and she blurted, "I read your leaflet thingy...." WHOO HOO!!! And? How did you like it? "I loved it....." WHOOO HOO "....and.....I prayed about it.....and I feel like I got my answer!" WHOO HOO!!!! "The answer was Yes It's True!!!" WHOO HOO ".....AND.....I think it's the answer to all my other prayers." BAM! MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!! Turns out Joanna has had a really difficult life. She's been in foster care for 14 years. She's 24 and has three kids. We went back to her place for a little lesson. We felt impressed to take Sister Dale to our appointment. It wasn't long after we started the lesson that there was a knock on the door. *Cue the next door neighbors* In walk husband and wife in all their glory....they took one look at us and wheezed, "Who do we have here?"
"We're missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints."
"Oh...I see...Joanna let me have a chat with you."
*they step outdoors*
Joanna came back in and we resumed the lesson. Five minutes later guess who saunters in....the neighbor wife-lady......ooooh.......there was an anti-bueno feeling that came with her. She sat down
"Joanna, is it all right if I sit in on your little teach?"
ME: Oh of course that's fine. No problem.
"I didn't ask you."
We carried on talking about the Plan of Salvation. We've got nothing to hide this is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"Alright, Well...as I was saying....Adam and Eve---"
"Sister White is it? Let me ask you something." *Cue sting of alcohol in my nose"
Now....this is the part that I don't really remember. All I remember is saying little silent prayers for help to get rid of this awful feeling in the room. All I know is she asked me something, I said something, our member said something. Things got heated, it felt like we were all moving in slow motion. All I remember me saying is, "We are literal representatives the Lord Jesus Christ...." That seemed to shift things. She got nice. It was the strangest thing. The next thing I knew I was raiding Sister Dale's pantry for extra food for Joanna and her little family. I remember standing there, holding a carrier bag thinking....How did we get to this point exactly?
Joanna came to church, and during the Sacrament talks (that were all centered around Heavenly Father's love for us individually) Joanna leaned to us and asked, "Who do I talk to about getting baptized?" WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!? Are you kidding me right now?! Miracles!
I know this church is true! I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ. I find it VERY interesting that this is the only church that bears the full name of Jesus Christ. Coincidence? I think not! I cannot deny the Spirit that I feel within myself when I teach the gospel and testify of it. I cannot deny the change I see within the faces of those that are touched by that same Spirit. This is true. I'm so grateful I was willing to find out for myself that it is! Thank you so much for letting me be here! I can't think of any other place I would rather be.
Love always and forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White